Andrew Ha is Fundamentally Pre-Ontological

apophenic. occasionally and accidentally malapropic. this is where i track my progression. more academic leaning notes, progress reports, papers, thoughts are here. find personal essays at the substack link.

Upaya and Conditional Language Use

Mahayana Buddhism diverges from its Theravadan ancestors in its diagnosis of the source of dukkha, or suffering. Traditional Theravadan scriptures generally claim suffering to come from the misidentification of permanence in what is in truth, impermanent. In contrast, the Vimilakirti Sutra, one of the early key Mahayana texts, places the source at a plane above the desire for permanence: the source of suffering is the use of conceptual and discriminative faculties to divide what was originally a...
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Deleuze Independent Study 5/1/24 - 8/1/24

Gilles Deleuze: An Introduction - Todd May Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche Negotiations - Gilles Deleuze On the Genealogy of Morality - Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche and Philosophy - Gilles Deleuze Sections from Difference and Repetition - Gilles Deleuze ...
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Teaching Myself Heidegger

For Heidegger, the question of the meaning of Being is fundamental for the following reasons. It has been attempted to be answered by the history of philosophy in unsatisfactory ways and for him, has largely been passed over by many since the Ancients. Firstly, an attempted answer has been that “Being is the most universal concept”. However, in this it has been implied that Being is a concept that demarcates the boundary for a genus of entities. While that may be true for beings as entities (Sei...
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Brentano's Intentionality

For Brentano, intentionality is the exclusive to the realm of the mental. This means that for any mental phenomena to occur, it must be directed toward some object, either mental or physical. For instance, if I recall a mental phenomena of sadness this morning, I can point to the mental phenomena of say, my parents as the object my mental phenomena of sadness was direct toward. In this, Brentano isn’t necessarily seeking to establish a substance dualism between the mental and the physical, but ...
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Phenomenology Independent Study

1/23/24 update: Putting a pin in this one; the bandwidth ain't there right now. Nonetheless, I'm keeping it up. 12/19/24: What's up folks. Listed is where I'm choosing to upload my various philosophical, literary, or critical notes and thoughts as I go through this study. Here's the syllabus I wrote for an upcoming self-conducted independent study: Introduction to Phenomenology Emphasis: Ego, Identity, and Isolation Winter 2023 – Spring 2024 Andrew Ha andrew.ha@bruins.belmont.edu Required Me...
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An Interpretation of Kant's B Deduction

At the beginning of the second edition of the Transcendental Deduction, Kant begins §15 by asserting that any manner of combination or synthesis of representations is an action of the spontaneity of the understanding as opposed to being previously combined before having received it in sensibility and sensible intuition, asserting this because he wants to point out that the manifold given in intuition is not synthesized as a manifold through intuition, but through the understanding, since any syn...
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